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There are many remarkable people around us in Hong Kong. Some of them are unsung heroes dedicated to helping others and contributing to a bigger cause. And others may have overcome adversity to achieve their personal best, demonstrating astonishing willpower and an optimistic, can-do attitude. Through its community projects and the Charities Trust’s donations to charities projects, the Club has played a supportive role in their heartwarming and inspiring stories. Here we salute these remarkable individuals and share their positive values of life.

Tasteful Learning - Anne Fung
06/2017
Anne Fung
Director (Administration) of Jockey Club Neo Education Lab, and Voluntary Tea Art Instructor and Coordinator of Jockey Club Neo Education Lab - Hopeland School Explore Camp

A good pot of tea requires patience – only by steeping the tea leaves can the true aroma of the tea come through.

People nowadays simply cannot be bothered to enjoy a good pot of tea. “Hongkongers are used to gulping everything down – they can’t even wait a few seconds.” Tea instructor Anne Fung laments how the cultures of tea and learning in Hong Kong are both twisted beyond recognition: “Children are stressed by their studies and are rushed in everything they do,” she said.

Anne, who was an English teacher, used to drill her students on model papers every single day, for no other purpose than to prepare them for the non-stop bombardment of exams, tests, quizzes, and dictations. The only thing that mattered was to train the students to be well-oiled examination machines. Later, she came to realise the enormous pressure that students were under: “They barely had time to cope with their studies. How could we expect them to develop sound morals and a robust character?” This was why Anne took an alternative path after her husband passed away – to help young people build up a solid foundation and inspire them to learn and realise their potential, so that they would be able to handle any challenges they might face.

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“Once, as an educator, I focussed on cramming for examinations;
Today, I use tea instead of books to inspire children to find joy in learning.”

“Once, I committed myself fully to my work and spent all of my time on academic research;
“Today, I redirect my time to family and health for the sake of wellbeing.”

“Once, I found my work at odds with my education ideals despite the generous pay;
Today, regardless of what I earn, I give my all to provide tailored learning opportunities to grassroots students.”

“Once, I focused only on myself;
Today, I understand that anyone can run fast, but only by gathering the strength of many can we go far – and this is why teamwork is key in football.”

“Once, I dreamt of becoming an inventor, but eventually gave up my ambitions;
Today, I nurture my dreams, and lead teachers and students to learn and enjoy chasing dreams without fear.”

"Once, I felt helpless when my family fell ill and no adequate support was available;
Today, I use my personal experience to treat all elderly persons with respect and to support those who care for them."

“Once, I stood undefeated in the face of adversity, and continued to improve myself;
Today, with football, I bring my beliefs halfway around the world to help more youths.”

“Once, I overcame hurdles aplenty to promote green living through horticulture, and to sow the seeds of good parenting;
Today, my efforts have borne fruit as green farming helps to foster parent-child relations and also contributes to community inclusion.”

“Once, I was non-engaged and knew not what lay ahead;
Today, I embrace possibilities and seek my life’s goals with multifaceted development.”

“Once, I was trapped in a world of my own;
Today, I emerge from behind the walls and find renewed hope in the future.”

“Once, I strayed off the path into crime.
Today, I use soccer to rewrite my life and help my peers correct their course.”

“Once, I persevered through all the adversities and obstacles, not a fear within me.
Today, I use my own experience to encourage and help those like me.”

“Once, I was reckless and gave up pursuing my dreams.
Today, I have achieved my dreams and gone beyond by guiding youths to boldly pursue theirs.”

“Once, I was besieged by obstacles and had nothing but fear for horses.
Today, having overcome my physical limitations, I find love in horses and life, and learn to live life to the full.”

“Once, I was in the trenches, enforcing the law and shouldering the burden of public safety.
Today, I bring laughter and happiness to newlywed couples by helping to ensure that their big day runs smoothly.”

"Once, I gave up studying law for music.
Today, I resolve to pursue my dream to help others through music."

"Once, I undertook mountain rescue missions with my friends.
Today, I help retirees reach new heights in their lives."

"Once, I insisted on chasing my dream even though I lacked support.
Today, I have not only fulfilled my dream but also contributed to community service."

"Once, I had to work harder than others to achieve my dreams.
Today, I represent Hong Kong and have won international competitions."

Once, I gained the courage to open up to others and my confidence grew stronger.
Today, I am helping my teammates to contribute to environmental protection."

"Once, my passion for the Fire Dragon Dance was the concern for its survival.
Today, I have helped conserve this cultural heritage for the next generation."

"Once, my talent and hard work were what got me noticed.
Today, I have realised my dream to perform internationally."

"Once, there were lots of obstacles, but I never stopped challenging myself.
Today, I have achieved breakthrough results for Hong Kong equestrian sports."

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Today, I bring laughter and happiness to newlywed couples by helping to ensure that their big day runs smoothly.”

"Once, I witnessed the birth of HKUST, sharing its vision and efforts to nurture Hong Kong scientists.
Today, I am leading cross-disciplinary scientific research to an international level."